STEP Is The True Life Story Of 3 Young African American Women Realizing Adversity and
Learning How To Achieve Their Goals In Spite Of
STEP documentary is a narrative most inner city minorities can relate to. Growing up in adversity, realizing your stroke of luck – either making it work for the better or succumbing to it. Similar, STOMP the Yard which is a dance drama following a young man from the inner-city who moved away from his demons, attended college, pledged a fraternity and stepped in various competitions. Although the plot is similar to real life, it’s fiction. STEP, is the real deal. Directed by Amanda Lipitz, the film follows the sisterhood of a high school step team in Baltimore.
The Lethal Ladies as the team is called includes 3 members – Blessin Giraldo, Cori Grainger, and Tayla Solomon who are the focus of the doc. The personal trials, tribulations and ultimate successes of these 3 women are in the forefront. In the midst of prepping ready for a big competition, which took place at Bowie State University, the girls experience the excitement of prepping for a competition, the stress of applying to colleges and the confusion of racial tensions building up before their eyes due to the murder of Freddie Gray while in custody of the Baltimore police. Lauded by FLOTUS Michelle Obama, this documentary is a must see.